Baby boomers, the generation made up of individuals born between 1946 and 1964, are considered to be one of the largest generations in history. Baby boomers now also happen to be one of largest groups of consumers in the emerging field of aesthetic medicine.
Despite the inevitable fact that we are getting older, most of us baby boomers do not want to look old, especially when we feel good, energetic, and youthful on the inside. I know these facts personally because I happen to be a baby boomer.
As the years have gone by, we notice that our skin changes. It becomes thinner, more dry, and less flexible. There are many biological reasons for these changes, including genetics, environmental exposure, and underlying health issues.
The basic fact is that as we get older, our skin is less forgiving to damage than it is in youth. As a result, later in life, we are prone to skin problems that we did not have earlier in life, and these problems result from accumulation of insults to the skin over a lifetime.
If you are at least 52 years old as of 2017, you are probably experiencing these problems with your skin now. Here are a few relatively basic and inexpensive tips that can help with such common skin care issues as the years go by:
1.) Hydrate Yourself Internally. Water truly refreshes the body’s metabolism. Without it, nothing works right, including your skin.
If your skin is dry, all the moisturizers in the world are not going to help if you are dehydrated internally. There is lots written about how much to drink per day.
Some sources say 8 glasses per day, while others describe it in liters per day. Even if you are not confused by the measurements using either the English system or the metric system, you will most likely lose count of how much you drank as the day progresses.
My basic rule of thumb is that if your urine is yellow, you are not drinking enough. Keep drinking more water until your urine is mostly clear and you will have to reached your body’s needed amount.
2.) Eat A Healthy Diet. What exactly is a healthy diet? It should be one that includes foods rich in minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.
Generally this rule means a primarily plant-based diet with lots of leafy green vegetables, fruits, and nuts. The less processed and the more fresh the food, the better.
Avoid “junk” or fast food. For people prone to acne or other skin breakouts, avoiding dairy products is especially important.
3.) Use A Humidifier. In the fall and winter, the air tends to get very dry, which gradually and inevitably robs your skin of moisture. Since your skin also becomes more dry as you get older, the effects of weather and aging combine to create a compounding problem.
A simple humidifier, which you can get at a local hardware or home goods store, will help considerably. I recommend placing it in the bedroom and running it at night while you sleep for maximal benefit.
4.) Avoid Harsh Skincare Products and Excessive Washing. While it is certainly important to keep your skin clean, too much cleaning, or cleaning with the wrong products, can be harmful to your skin. When we clean too much, we rob the skin of natural oils that are needed to naturally keep the skin moist and healthy. Gentle is better, both in terms of the products and the amount of washing you do.
5.) Apply Sunscreen Daily. This recommendation is always on my list of ways to prevent skin damage and keep your skin looking younger regardless of what age you are. Every day, we are assaulted by ultraviolet rays from the sun.
While the sun can feel good on your skin in the short term, it is actually doing long-term damage. Protect yourself properly and you can still enjoy the outdoors and the positive benefits of the sun.
I hope this simple list will help you all and reinforce many of the habits that you are already doing. Despite our best efforts, there are still skin issues that develop or are from prior damage.
For these or any other skin care issues, call us anytime at (207) 873-2158 to schedule a free consultation. We can discuss your individual concerns privately in a confidential and specific manner.